Sonnets from the Portuguese: XXIX

Original Text: 
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. First Series. New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1886. 1: 181-202.
1I think of thee!-my thoughts do twine and bud
2About thee, as wild vines, about a tree,
3Put out broad leaves, and soon there's nought to see
4Except the straggling green which hides the wood.
5Yet, O my palm-tree, be it understood
6I will not have my thoughts instead of thee
7Who art dearer, better! Rather, instantly
8Renew thy presence; as a strong tree should,
9Rustle thy boughs and set thy trunk all bare,
10And let these bands of greenery which insphere thee,
11Drop heavily down,-burst, shattered everywhere!
12Because, in this deep joy to see and hear thee
13And breathe within thy shadow a new air,
14I do not think of thee-I am too near thee.
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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